They are the new generation of sex dolls — sex bots that respond to touch and include verbal responses. Next week, according to the owner of Canadian-based Kinkys Dolls, its first franchise in the U.S. will open in Houston.
“It’s creepy and gross. The whole idea of having sex with a robot is just kinda weird,” said Houston resident Joe Romero.
“They shouldn’t be opening anything like that,” agreed resident Nora Sosa. “We have enough problems in this world and to add more to it would be ridiculous.”
Kinky’s Dolls will be a place where the dolls can be rented for a half hour up to two hours, according to the company’s webpage for its Toronto operation.
The customer chooses the doll of their choice and then goes to a private room that’s provided.
The price of the products range from $2,500 to $5,000 dollars and are available for sale. Versions that include artificial intelligence sell for $10,000.
There is opposition: the group Love People Not Pixels is part of that.
Joe Madison, of Love People Not Pixels, says, “We’re talking about robots right now – it’s a hot button – but tomorrow it could be virtual reality or something else. It’s coming back to the heart of demand of sex buying.”
Groups fighting human trafficking oppose it as well, concerned it will make the sex industry grow, as pornography did on the internet… but some who live in the area have more immediate concerns:
Neighbor Andrea Paul said, “There’s kids around here and it’s a family oriented neighborhood and I live right here and to have that here is just gross.”